Good day to you ladies and gents, time for another film review and today I’ll be talking about Steve Jobs. This film has had quite the interesting tale when it comes to the development stages of production with the changes in actors and directors, so after everything got confirmed and ironed out I just had to see how this film would turn out.
The story can be described as the following:
“Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.”
The story was this film was pretty fascinating tale. The film chronicles three major points in the life of Steve Jobs; 1984, 88 and 98 giving us a look at the man behind the magic, showing his vision for Apple and his other business ventures, but also showing his complicated family life and the problematic relationships he had with his coworkers too. I really enjoyed the amount of drama, emotion and tension this film was able to produce from mainly just characters talking. Whether they were arguments or casual conversations, there were some really wonderfully written scenes and bits of dialogue, oh and I was not expecting the film to be as humourous as it was as well. Now with this being a biopic there is only so much of this that can be taken as truth and at several points I could see certain elements that were played up for the dramatization of film, but it wasn’t too bad that it bothered me. If I had any issues with the film it would be related to the fact this film only highlights the early days of Jobs’ career and didn’t highlight some of the significant contributions he brought to Apple later down the line or how some plot/character elements are never fully explored or concluded. That being said the film did have to focus on specific periods of time or this film would have gone on forever.
When it comes to the performances all of the cast do such excellent jobs in their roles. Let’s start with Michael Fassbender who was just magnetic and intense as Steve Jobs. This film definitely paints Jobs in a specific light, he’s this visionary, dedicated and hard-working individual who strives for perfection, but he’s also a douchebag to anyone who does things to impede his progress. Jobs for the most part is strategic, mean, manipulative, selfish, overconfident and is the worst person to be on the wrong side of as he’s verbally abusive to everyone when shit hits he fan. But behind it all there is a man with a heart and long-term issues which few people know about and Fassbender did such a fantastic job at bringing the man to life. Just as impressive was Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, this woman was Jobs’ number two, she did everything for him and had to deal with so much negativity from the man, and yet was the only one who could stand up to him and give him a reality check. Winslet was so good in this role and I thought she handled her accent well too.
Seth Rogen continues to surprise me as he did well as Steve Wozniak, this character had an interesting history with Jobs and it was great to see how that played out, and Rogen while I don’t care for him in his comedies seems to be far more engaging here. Jeff Daniels was also great as John Sculley, Michael Stuhlbarg was almost unrecognizable to me as Andy Hertzfeld and I loved his performance as he was so vulnerable and yet likeable as one of the core members of Apple who had quite the adventure with Jobs from the early days up until the end of this film. I also liked Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, the three actresses that played Lisa Brennen-Jobs (Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, and Makenzie Moss) and Sarah Snook as Andrea “Andy” Cunningham.
So in conclusion Steve Jobs was an entertaining and dramatic film with terrific performances and really good dialogue. I enjoyed the film far more than I thought I would, but I am glad that I saw it and it was one of the better biopics I’ve seen in recent times. While there were a few things I would have changed or would like to have seen more of, in the end it was engaging where it needed to be.
So have you seen Steve Jobs and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see you on the next film review, laters! 😀